Close fight for the podium
at Russian Cup in Chaikovskiy
A close fight at the Russian Cup in Chaikovskiy
A really close fight for the available spots on
the podium ensued at the 3rd stage of the Russian
Cup in Chaikovskiy on the weekend. In the Team Sprint
competition, the win went to Team Bashkortostan,
represented by Damir Hinsertdinov and Ernest Yahin.
They finished ahead of a mixed team from Moscow
and St. Petersburg (Alex Seregin and Viacheslv Barkov).
Team Tatarstan with Niaz Nabeev and Ivan Panin had
the best end in a photo finish for the third rank.
A total of 10 teams from all over Russian took part
in the competition. After the jumping part, the
team from Moscow with Timofei Borisov and jumping
sensation Evgeniy Klimov had been in the lead with
a total of 232 points, followed by Hinsertdinov
and Yahin who accumulated 221.5 points which meant
a time disadvantage of 25 seconds for the winners
to be. Nabeev and Panin started at the same time
while the mixed team with Seregin and Barkov had
to make up 2 minutes and nine seconds of time behind.
But with 30:33.2, the two set the fastest time on
the track and managed to finish 38.3 seconds behind
Hinsertdinov and Yahin who claimed a final rank
one with the third fastest time for the 2x 7.5 kilometres
in total. Tatarstan, Moscow and Sverdlovsk fought
until the end for the third place on the podium
and all finished within 2 seconds of each other,
49, 49.1 and 49.2 seconds after the winners.